One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “What’s a good online task management system?” There are several to choose from, but Remember The Milk is always on my list. The basic task functionality is free, and it integrates with my Gmail account. The advanced features will cost you, though, and for that reason, some folks shy away from it. But if you pay $25 per year for the Pro account, you can use the free iPhone application in lieu of the web client.
Version 1.1.0 of the RTM software for iPhone and iPod Touch devices includes push notifications, which might provide the tipping point for folks to grab a Pro account. Essentially, your task alerts will get pushed to your iPhone and pop up on your device at the time you set. Non-Pro account users can try the iPhone app free for 15 days.
I’ve enjoyed my free RTM account for several years, but this new feature has me thinking of upgrading my account. I’ve been holding off on choosing one, and only one, task management platform because I haven’t found the perfect one to meet my needs. I’ve looked at OmniFocus, Things, Gmail’s Tasks, you name it. I need a task manager I can actively use when online at a computer or when out and about with just a phone. It has to be cost-effective, simple and configurable. Plus, it needs to remind me when a task is due, wherever I am and on whatever device I’m using at the time. I’m creating a task to give this some additional thought, but the inclusion of push notifications has me leaning towards RTM.